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Current news

On Tuesday 11th December, Incubyte and Paragon Land & Estates hosted a mini launch event on the Cambridge Innovation Park to mark the official opening of their new office space; aptly named IncubyteSpace.

Incubyte, now 18 months old, is a co-working environment and business incubator for early-stage technology companies. IncubyteSpace which is approximately 60% full already, provides scale-ups, freelancers and small businesses with a flexible, private and dedicated office environment in which to work alongside, and network with like-minded businesses.

Delegates were shown the new meeting room facility onsite, informed about better working lifestyle facilities and future plans at Cambridge Innovation Park and exciting expansion plans for IncubyteSpace in Q1 2019 were exclusively revealed - watch this space!

If you'd like to arrange a tour of the Cambridge Innovation Park and IncubyteSpace, please email or visit the website for further information.

Upcoming events

A selection of upcoming events, workshops and training for businesses are listed below.


Practical Exporting - Protecting your brand

14 February 2019

Intellectual property is a vital asset to any organisation and businesses need to consider the development, protection and promotion of their ideas and brands, both in the UK and internationally. This can include trademarking, copyright, design and domain name strategy and management.

This webinar will cover:

  • Brand strategy
  • New brand clearance
  • Enforcement strategies / alternative protection
  • Online brand enforcement
  • Customs and counterfeiting

Breakfast Networking: How to conquer the Chinese digital landscape

26 February 2019

As a British brand that wants to expand in China online, where do you start? What is the best way to reach your target audiences? How do you define a plan of action for Social Media in China? How do you talk, reach and ultimately sell to this hugely exciting market? Join the Cambridge Network to discover the secret to mastering China’s unique digital landscape.

Breakfast Networking: Recruiting and Retaining Staff in the face of Brexit

28 February 2019

Many employers are struggling to find the staff they need. What can you do to ensure this situation is not exacerbated after we leave the EU? Clare Hedges, Head of Immigration at Birketts LLP, will provide an update on the latest position and cut through the confusion, providing guidance on what you should be doing now to maximise retention of current staff and mitigate future recruitment risks.

REACTOR: Big Gamification Challenge Seminar – Cambridge

28 February 2019

REACTOR would like to invite SMEs and start-up companies in the Peterborough/Cambridge region to an evening seminar and learn about how using gamification can assist in the development of their USP and increase and improve engagement with their customers.

To demonstrate the power of games to change behaviour, you will see how games can change the way that we interact with the community, with public services and get people more involved in the place that they live.

The evening will also provide SMEs and Start-up businesses with information about the support available to them through grants and research, and demonstrate how this support can be used to develop your business.

Social Venture Weekend

1-2 March 2019

The Social Venture Weekend at Cambridge Judge Business School is for anyone with an ambition to set up or grow a business that makes a positive social or environmental impact.

The workshop is an inspiring introduction to the social venture sector and a valuable opportunity to focus intensely on your own business. In an inclusive, supportive and friendly atmosphere, you’ll have the opportunity to share and test your ideas with others and learn from the experience of successful social entrepreneurs.

Transition to Leadership

12-13 March 2019

We have our natural leadership style but unless we are aware of it we will be unable to flex when required and the morale and resilience of the team will be negatively affected. This two day event is designed to highlight what is important, what you currently 'measure up to' and where you can change to ensure greater leadership success.

Skills Training & Business Growth in Manufacturing

13 March 2019

Visit the iMET centre to hear about how they can help you to bridge the skills gap that the manufacturing sector is facing. Financial experts from The FD Centre will provide an overview on best practices for fast growing businesses. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority will present on what grant and funding schemes are available within our local area. You will also hear from the EEF – The Manufactures Organisation about how they support manufacturing clients from around the UK.

Defence Procurement and Supply Chain (DPRTE) 2019

28 March 2019

Officially supported by the MOD, DPRTE 2019 is your unique opportunity to engage with over 1,500 key decision makers, in addition to leading procurement organisations that are leasing and influencing today’s defence procurement marketplace. This one-day event will provide you with a host of interactive and educational opportunities, designed specifically to enhance business development across this high-value and diverse sector.

REACTOR: Concept Development Workshop Cambridge

27-28 March 2019

Startups and SMEs will be offered intense mentoring to develop their ideas into concepts and improve their pitch presentations. Facilitators and mentors will have experience in technology and design, pitching to customers and investors and publishing products and services.

The event will provide participants with a range of innovation and business development support, through REACTOR’s growing community of experts, innovators, enablers, and mentors.


If you are interested to find out about other training, workshops and events, there are plenty of other opportunities in the Greater Cambridge area. These can be found on the following websites and in our Open For Business newsletter.

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